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09/27/95 STATE TENNESSEE v. TONY L. BOBO AND CECIL

September 27, 1995

STATE OF TENNESSEE, APPELLEE,
v.
TONY L. BOBO AND CECIL C. JOHNSON, APPELLANTS.



DAVIDSON COUNTY. Hon. J. Randall Wyatt, Jr., Judge. (Voluntary Manslaughter).

Gary R. Wade, Judge, Concur: David H. Welles, Judge, William S. Russell, Special Judge

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary R. Wade

The defendants, Tony L. Bobo and Cecil C. Johnson, originally charged with murder in the first degree, were convicted of voluntary manslaughter. *fn1 The trial court imposed sentences of eight years for each defendant.

In this appeal of right, each of the defendants challenge the sufficiency of the evidence. Defendant Bobo also argues that the state should not have been permitted to use the term "death row" during the course of the trial.

We find no error and affirm the judgment of the trial court.

On July 7, 1985, the victim, Laron Williams, was killed in the enclosed, exercise yard in Unit Six ("Death Row") of the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. A scuffle had broken out among several inmates who had been playing cards. The victim was knocked to the ground, punched and kicked by several of the inmates. Corrections Officer Keith Graham observed the defendants repeatedly strike the victim about the head and chest area with dumbells which were available to the inmates in the yard ...


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